George wants to learn Lions' lessons against All Blacks

Rex Christensen
November 11, 2018

New Zealand have named their strongest available team, including a centre pairing of Jack Goodhu, who has recovered from glandular fever, and Sonny Bill Williams.

Lancaster ran out of faith during England's tour of New Zealand in 2014. despite Ashton adding a try in Dunedin to the one he put past the All Blacks in the famous Twickenham win of December 2012.

"It makes us aware of where their heads are at for the game".

France were even fined for their response before an agonising 8-7 loss to New Zealand in the 2011 World Cup final in Auckland.

The Lions upset the odds to draw a three-match series 1-1, frustrating a New Zealand team and rugby public who have grown up in an environment where anything other than victory by the All Blacks represents failure.

In this October 27, 2018, photo, New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, center, speaks to the media after their Bledisloe Cup rugby test against Australia at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan.

"Half of us have beaten the All Blacks before and we've drawn on those experiences this week".

Jones, despite his oft-quoted mantra of picking on form, kept him in his training squads for the November internationals and, in his only appearance for his new club so far, he scored a hat-trick in a European Challenge Cup win over Connacht.

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They get on the field, they play and they give you everything they've got and he's like that. "We focused on why we won those games and hopefully we can bring into tomorrow". They want to do things on their terms the whole time.

"If you're slightly off against the All Blacks they'll take advantage".

"To us, that wasn't successful".

"But does it put pressure on us? No".

Jones has made three changes to his line-up from last week's tussle against South Africa, including giving Sale's Chris Ashton his first worldwide start in four years in place of winger Jack Nowell. "The thing is, if he hadn't got into so much trouble, he'd have played a few Tests already", said Jones yesterday as he also promoted loosehead prop Ben Moon and the chop-tackling flanker Sam Underhill into England's starting XV and restored the fit-again back-five forward Courtney Lawes to the bench.

By the end of the season, former Saracens star Ashton had returned to England by signing for Sale, paving the way for a Test recall.

His return to the team was hastened by a call made to Jones a year ago by attack coach Scott Wisemantel, who was working as an assistant at Montpellier before joining England's back room staff.

"I haven't fully decided yet when I've going to finish but I think this would be a great place to finish my career", he said. He's on fire! And Eddie goes "yeah mate".

"Just because you're the number one side in the world doesn't guarantee you're going to win the Rugby World Cup", he said, adding that a lot of teams were peaking ahead of next year's tournament.

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